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April 8, 2016, 6:54 AM

Let God Exceed Your Need!

Whatever it is that you are going through, no matter how big, no matter how dark, no matter how bleak; God’s grace is greater. 
Look again at those last 4 words. If we believe them, and if we believe the God who promised them, then they bring overwhelming comfort; because that is exactly what God’s Grace does.


How often I personally need reminded of Paul and his “thorn in the flesh.” We don’t know exactly what it was that was plaguing one of the greatest men of faith in the Bible but whatever it was it so bothered Paul that over and over again he asked God to remove it. But God’s answer was a surprising one.


“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” II Corinthans 12:8-9a


In II Corinthians God, in answer to Paul’s pleading, essentially said: I am not going to remove it, instead I am going to give you something greater, something that will meet exceed your need. God promised more grace. Essentially he promised more of Himself, more strength, more endurance, more satisfaction in Jesus. So much so that it would overwhelm the hurt and need caused by the “thorn in the flesh” Paul was dealing with.

 
We tend to spend a good portion of our time, strength and energy avoiding trials and escaping trials when they come. When faced with a difficult situation, in our flesh we want it to be over quickly. That is a normal response. It happens to everyone, even Paul. But it is in the trial that when we look to God and call on Him that He gives us something so amazing that Paul was moved by the Spirit to write these words.


“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” II Corinthians 12:8b-9


I am not suggesting that I long for trials and troubles. What I am suggesting is that when they come, take heart. For if we look to God we will experience an amazing miracle of God. Either He will deliver us from our pain, or as He did for Paul. He will exceed your need by His grace and power. 


Turn to Jesus for your every need and enjoy the Grace that he provides that is greater than whatever it is you will ever face.


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